DuPont Pioneer Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
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  1. Great learning experience about the crop research industry

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Student Research Assistant

    I have been working at DuPont Pioneer part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very flexible for scheduling, laid back working environment, ping pong table.

    Cons

    Seasonal work load resulting in layoffs, company is losing market-share and therefore is making large employment cutbacks, poor management resulted in too many employees and too little work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management hired too many new employees spreading the work load too thin to live on.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2. Good work place, management needs help

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DuPont Pioneer

    Pros

    Decent pay, flexible, good benefits.

    Cons

    Management lazy and depend on hourly to do all the work for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be lazy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Good people good mission

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DuPont Pioneer full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    DuPont Pioneer provides the opportunity to work in a positive environment with the opportunity to work in a varied settings and a wide variety of projects. The people strongly believe in the mission to feed the world.

    Cons

    Currently there is a lot of change and reorganization. This has caused a fair amount of uncertainty for employees. Pressure from Wall Street seems to cause a short term focus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice the core values. Clearly define the strategy goals and objectives. Drive for stability and a sustainable businesses.

    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Current Employee - Research Associate

    I have been working at DuPont Pioneer

    Pros

    Good Benefits, good pay, good working environment, good teamwork, and good growth opportunities.

    Cons

    over the top safety and regulation standards

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work hard along side with all other employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. High-paced, Well-Compensated Research Environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Johnston, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Johnston, IA

    I have been working at DuPont Pioneer full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits
    Very friendly company culture
    I appreciate the local people here and find it to be a very collegial atmosphere
    Manager flexible and easy to work with, good work-life balance
    Colleagues are fun to work with.

    Cons

    Smaller crops get short shrift compared to the giants of maize and soybean.
    Benefits are not as great as they used to be with the realignment to be more in line with DuPont's benefits
    In my opinion, the overemphasis on maize has led to an "all eggs in one basket" problem, very much an issue now with the low price of corn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify your crop portfolio!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Currently unstable due to downturn in seed business and DuPont corporate restructuring

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DuPont Pioneer

    Pros

    Pioneer has a long-standing reputation of being an “employer of choice” in Des Moines, offering competitive compensation, good benefits, excellent career advancement opportunities and an outstanding corporate culture exemplified by “The Long Look”. There is a real sense of community at Pioneer; employees are proud of their company, support their team and are willing to put in extraordinary effort to do the best job possible.

    Cons

    A downturn in the seed business has resulted in numerous layoffs tarnishing Pioneer’s reputation for employment stability. A bigger concern is DuPont’s growing influence over Pioneer and the negative impact this has on Pioneer’s culture, growth efficiency and autonomy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let Nelson Peltz break DuPont apart and get rid of it’s inefficient bureaucracy

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Great Company

    Current Employee - Intern in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Intern in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at DuPont Pioneer

    Pros

    The people I was able to work with were fantastic. Had a great experience being an intern for them. Always had good direction.

    Cons

    I don't really have any cons. I worked for this business for a short time. I enjoyed the time I spent there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. Production Tech

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Technician
    Current Employee - Production Technician

    I have been working at DuPont Pioneer

    Pros

    benefits and pay are not too bad for the area, most employees are great to work with

    Cons

    employee review practices for raises and compensation, employees forced to take on responsibilities far beyond their job description or pay grade.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reward the employees based on work performance and overall responsibilities regardless of job grade or title.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Satisfying and yet bored fast pace with little to do at times

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DuPont Pioneer

    Pros

    1. Above average pay for the area.
    2. Above average benefits for the area.
    3. Very safety oriented
    4. Opportunities to learn other jobs if you have the initiative to learn and do.

    Cons

    1. Often times to many rules that are outdated and not revised to reflect the current state of events.
    2. Management disconnected from production, reviews given by people that do not work with you only get information on your performance from second hand sources.
    3. Has become a fear driven culture over the 5+ i have been here at this location.
    4. clearly a separation of plant and management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to listen and use active listening skills. Don't just nod and "yep" the conversation along. This does no one any good and gives the impression you don't care anyway

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Global company with a changing culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DuPont Pioneer

    Pros

    very good people, culture of learning - not cut throat.

    Cons

    culture changing to large corporate since bought by dupont.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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